August 17 MLB Preview

Wednesday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your August 17 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Red Sox vs Orioles

Red Sox ace David Price face off against heralded O’s rookie Dylan Bundy. Outfielder Mookie Betts has been a real thorn for Baltimore’s pitching, as he has hit seven homers in five games at Camden Yards this season.

Dodgers vs Phillies

Jake Thompson’s progression from Phillies prospect to Major League starter continues. He will have to watch out for Los Angeles Howie Kendrick though. The veteran outfielder  is 14-for-25 with two homers, eight RBIs and six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak.

White Sox vs Indians

Indians first baseman Mike Napoli extended his hitting streak to 16 games Tuesday, the longest active streak in the Majors. 

Marlins vs Reds

In his third start back from Tommy John surgery, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey looked like his pre-surgery self with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings. He needed 31 pitches to get out of a jam in the fifth but had enough in the tank to fan the side in the sixth. On Wednesday, Reds fans will get reacquainted with Homer Bailey, and he with the mound at Great American Ball Park. It will be the Cincinnati right-hander’s first time pitching at home since August 7th 2014.

Twins vs Braves

The wait is over for Braves fans, as top prospect Dansby Swanson is set to make his Major League debut at shortstop Wednesday against the Twins. The move is in line with Erick Aybar Tuesday trade to the Tigers.

Brewers vs Cubs

For all the deserved hype surrounding their star-studded lineup, the Chicago Cubs have leaned on their starting pitching during a red-hot start to the second half. After two more strong pitching performances powered the Cubs to a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, left-hander Jon Lester looks to help Chicago make it three straight.

Athletics vs Rangers

Yu Darvish and rookie left-hander Sean Manaea will go at it again for the series finale between the Rangers and A’s. The two matched up in Arlington on July 27, a game in which Manaea had a career-high nine strikeouts.

Mets vs Diamondbacks

Jonathon Niese has been waiting for the opportunity to prove he deserves a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation. Niese, who was acquired from the Pirates for right-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo at the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Aug. 1, will make his first start since the trade in the spot previously occupied by recently optioned Logan Verrett. The D-backs counter with Zack Godley.

Mariners vs Angels

Seattle’s Cody Martin steps up into the rotation as fill-in for the injured James Paxton. It will be Martin’s first satrt with the Mariners. He’ll face the Angels and Tyler Skaggs, who allowed seven runs in his last start.

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August 10 Fantasy Baseball Preview

Wednesday Evening Matchups

FanPicks has your august 10 fantasy baseball preview to get ready for today’s MLB contest. Get the info you need and play right here!

Padres vs Pirates

Out of the starting lineup for three games due to a sore shoulder, Gregory Polanco provide a jolt in his return for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Polanco’s three-run homer was the decisive blow in Tuesday’s 6-4 triumph for Pittsburgh against San Diego. Penciled in at the cleanup spot for the first time in his career, Polanco continued his breakout campaign with his 16th homer to keep the Pirates 2 1/2 games behind Miami for the second wild card in the National League. Andrew McCutchen showed signs of breaking out of his funk by reaching base four times, including a season-high three via the walk.

Padres rookie Jabari Blash went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday and is 7-for-24 since his recall from the minors after batting .120 during his first stint with the team earlier in the season. San Diego sents Edwin Jackson to the mound to oppose Ryan Vogelsong in a matchup of veteran right-handers.

Rays vs Blue Jays

J.A. Happ has provided quite the return on the Toronto Blue Jays’ investment this season. Signed to a three-year, $36 million deal in the offseason, Happ puts his string of a career-high nine straight victorious decisions on the line Wednesday versus the Rays. The 33-year-old’s 15 wins this season have comfortably surpassed his previous best total in 2009, although none have come at the expense of Tampa Bay. Happ settled for a pair of no-decisions versus the Rays in April before getting shredded for a career high-tying eight runs on seven hits in a 13-2 shellacking on May 16. Evan Longoria, who is batting .385 in his career against Happ, collected three hits and as many RBIs in Tuesday’s 9-2 victory over Toronto. The 30-year-old is 6-for-15 with two homers, five RBIs and four runs scored in his last four games.

Yankees vs Red Sox

The Yankees are trying to balance moving the youth onto the roster while gracefully shuffling the veterans out the door, and Alex Rodriguez did not get into the game on Tuesday. The 14-time All-Star, who is set to be released by New York after Friday’s game, is expected to at least play on Thursday and could get an at-bat or two on Wednesday.

Reds vs Cardinals

Billy Hamilton is running wild on the basepaths and looks to increase his major league-leading steals total. The speedy Reds center fielder has stolen nine bases over his last three contests, including five in the first two games of this series, to increase his season total to 48. Hamilton, who is 6-for-11 with four walks and six runs scored during his three-game spree, is an astounding 20-for-22 stealing against Cardinals star Yadier Molina, who is considered one of the top throwing catchers in the game. Hamilton reached base four times and scored three runs to fuel Tuesday’s 7-4 win, which occurred one day after St. Louis staged a five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to post a 5-4 victory. Molina went 2-for-4 with a homer on Tuesday to improve to 7-for-14 over his last four games and has reached base in each of his last 22 contests.

Rockies vs Rangers

Prince Fielder, in his third season with the Rangers, is walking away from the game after undergoing neck surgery on July 29. It is the second surgical procedure on his neck in a 26-month span. The Rockies were without right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for the past two games. He’ll likely be held out once again on Wednesday.

Angels vs Cubs

Jason Hammel will be activated from the bereavement list to make the start and looks to improve upon his 6-1 record and 2.24 ERA at home. He has won four straight starts to set a career-high for wins after tossing six shutout innings against Miami on Aug. 2. The 33-year-old has allowed four runs and 16 hits in 24 innings during the winning streak and hasn’t given up more than two runs in a start since July 1. Hammel is 1-3 with a 6.59 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Angels, with the last meeting in 2013.

Astros vs Twins

Dallas Keuchel tossed his first shutout of the season in his last turn and looks to post a second consecutive strong outing. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner gave up just three hits in a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers while recording his fourth career shutout. Keuchel has experienced a bumpy campaign and was rocked for seven runs in five innings by Detroit in his previous turn. Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 in Tuesday’s 7-5 victory over the Twins after being rested Monday to end his consecutive games streak to 202. Minnesota has won seven of its last 10 games behind the red-hot Brian Dozier, whose solo shot and two RBIs on Tuesday gave him six homers and 13 RBIs during the stretch.

Braves vs Brewers

Braves Erick Aybar carries a 14-game hitting streak. He has provided a breath of fresh air for his cellar-dwelling club. Aybar collected two singles in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory for Atlanta, which has won four in a row and six of seven overall. The 32-year-old Dominican traditionally has struggled versus the Brewers, going 8-for-36 in nine career encounters and 0-for-3 versus Wednesday starter Chase Anderson. Ryan Braun went deep on Tuesday for the fourth time in seven outings, during which he has recorded 11 RBIs.

White Sox vs Royals

Jose Quintana has won nine games in each of the last three seasons and will look to reach double-digit victories for the first time against the Royals. He lost six consecutive starts while receiving a total of eight runs of support earlier this season, but he is 4-0 since July 3 thanks to some increased offensive support. Losers of 12 of its last 17 overall, Kansas City sends Ian Kennedy to the mound to face Quintana.

Orioles vs Athletics

Baltimore had just three hits in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss with the run coming on a homer by center fielder Adam Jones, who has five hits in the series and is 11-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak. Orioles All-Star right fielder Mark Trumbo, who is tied for the major-league lead with 31 homers, is just 7-for-57 with one blast over his past 15 contests.

Tigers vs Mariners

Two former American League Cy Young Award winners will square off in Seattle. Detroit sends 2011 winner Justin Verlander, who also was the AL MVP that season, to the mound against Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who captured the Cy Young the previous year. Verlander has won each of his last five decisions and recorded at least nine strikeouts in four of his last five outings overall, while Hernandez is 2-0 in four turns since returning from a calf injury that landed him on the disabled list.

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August 9 MLB Preview

Tuesday Late Matchups

FanPicks has your august 9 MLB preview to get ready for today’s fantasy baseball contests. Get the info you need and play right here!

Angels vs Cubs

The Cubs’ John Lackey and Angels’ Jered Weaver (Tuesday’s starters) were Los Angeles teammates during Weaver’s first four major league seasons (2006-09), with Lackey serving as his mentor. Lackey received a no-decision in his third straight quality start after yielding three runs and seven hits while striking out eight in seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Miami last Wednesday.

Braves vs Brewers

Center fielder Matt Kemp is endearing himself to his new team with some spirited play of late. Kemp had an RBI single in the fourth inning and scored the go-ahead run in the 12th of Monday’s 4-3 victory over the Brewers. The veteran is 5-for-13 with a homer, four RBIs and three runs scored in his last three games and 7-for-14 with a homer and five RBIs in his career versus Tuesday starter Wily Peralta. He isn’t the only one swinging a hot bat, as teammates Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar are carrying respective 19- and 13-game hitting streaks into Tuesday’s tilt. Veteran Ryan Braun is doing fine in his own right with hits in 15 of 18 games since the All-Star break for the Brewers, who have dropped four of their last five contests.

Astros vs Twins

Houston’s Jose Altuve received his first day off this season in the series opener against Minnesota. The second baseman leads the major leagues with a .356 batting average. He’s played in 202 consecutive games before Monday’s rest. It was the the longest current playing streak in baseball. Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario collected three hits in the opener to improve to 14-for-28 during his seven-game hitting streak.

Reds vs Cardinals

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener after being removed from Saturday’s contest and sitting out on Sunday due to an injured oblique. Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton stole two bases on Monday and is tied for most in the majors with 45.  He’s 17-for-19 against St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, which is the most steals by anyone against the respected receiver.

White Sox vs Royals

White Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his fifth attempt for his 15th win. He’ll oppose right-hander Edinson Volquez, who’s been rocked for the second straight outing at Tampa Bay last Wednesday.

Orioles vs Athletics

All-Star third baseman Manny Machado has four homers and nine RBIs over the past two games. The recent display has increased Machado’s round-tripper count to 26, nine shy of his career high set last season. Oakland left fielder Khris Davis has matched his career best of 27 homers but has just one blast and one RBI over the last nine games.

Tigers vs Mariners

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera notched one of the five singles Monday, giving him at least one hit in seven of his last eight contests. Teammate Ian Kinsler improved to 12-for-27 during a hitting streak that reached seven games. Trailing Cleveland by 2 1/2 games for first place in the AL Central, Detroit are sending Daniel Norris to the mound against Seattle’s Wade LeBlanc in a battle of left-handers.

Phillies vs Dodgers

In a season when the Los Angeles Dodgers have placed a total of 26 players on the disabled list, rookie shortstop Corey Seager has emerged as their most reliable and dangerous offensive threat. The 22-year-old belted two homers in Monday’s series-opening 9-4 win and is batting .326 with nine doubles, four home runs, and 13 RBI over his last 20 games. Seager has taken a commanding lead in the National League rookie of the year race with 21 home runs while serving an invaluable role atop the batting order for Los Angeles.

Philadelphia has struggled over the last two months, but may have found their right fielder of the future in Aaron Altherr. The German born player missed the season’s first 103 games with a wrist injury, but has provided surprising pop from the second spot in the order. Altherr is expected to receive regular playing time even after Peter Bourjos returns from the 15-day disabled list to join a crowded outfield later this week.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 2nd 2015

LA Angels versus Texas Rangers Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-3-2015

The Texas Rangers will be home to the LA Angels from Major League Baseball action from Saturday afternoon. Fantasy MLB draft GM’s can track the results of their rosters on FOX TV on October 3rd at 1PM Eastern Time.

The Texas Rangers has clinched a playoff spot after their victory in Game 1 of this four game series on Thursday against the LA Angels. At the very least the Rangers will be an AL Wildcard team. In the race for the AL West title the Texas Rangers following their victory in series opener holds a three game lead over the Houston Astros and the LA Angels were eliminated from the AL West division race. A Ranger win or Houston Astros loss and Texas will be the division winner and will face either the Toronto Blue Jays or Kansas City Royals in the first round of the ALDS. Texas will not have home field advantage in round one of the playoffs. Texas is on the verge of an AL West title behind solid hitting as the club ranks fourth in Major League Baseball in runs per game at 4.60 per game. The pitching has ranked in many categories in the lower third of the league and somehow the patchwork staff got the job done as Texas were a victim to impact injuries to their starting and relief pitching out of spring training.

The LA Angels got hot late in the year with a seven game win streak to take a ½ game lead over the Houston Astros in the race for the final AL Wildcard spot. But losses on Wednesday and Thursday moved LA one game behind the Houston Astros for the final playoff spot with three games remaining. They no longer control their destiny for a playoff anymore so if the Houston Astros sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks in their three game series on the road the Astros will get the final spot. The Thursday loss also moved the Angels into a tie with Minnesota Twins in the race. The Angels have got good work from their pitching staff this year sitting 13th in Team ERA (3.89) and tenth best in quality starts from their rotation (86). The hitting has been subpar. They rank 28th in team batting average (.246) and 22nd in runs scored (4.06). The Angels are a mix of superstars and below average hitters.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The Angels outfielder leads the everyday players with a .297 batting average with 41 homers and 89 RBIs. He has been hot of late hitting .346 over his past seven days. Trout had a three hit game on Wednesday at home to Oakland.

LA Angels SS:

Erick Aybar

Aybar has hits in seven straight and nine of his past ten games. The LA shortstop had a good month of September and it has carries to October. His season average is up to .269.

LA Angels P:

Hector Santiago

The LA left hander is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.52 and WHIP of 1.25. The Angles are 5-0 in his past five starts. On September 28th he allowed three earned runs and three hits pitching 5 2/3rd innings as he received a no decision in a 5-4 home victory to Oakland.

Texas Rangers DH:

Prince Fielder

The Rangers DH has been hot in the summer months with some huge hits in key spots. Texas is on the verge of a division title off their performance late in the year in series against the Houston Astros. Fielder is batting .309 with 23 homers and 96 RBIs.

Texas Rangers P:

Colby Lewis

The Texas veteran right hander is 17-9 with an ERA of 4.53 and WHIP of 1.23. He looks to bounce back from a poor outing on September 28th at home to Detroit as he allowed six earned runs and ten hits in 4 2/3rd innings in a 7-4 loss.

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Fantasy Baseball Best Picks of the Day – October 1st 2015

MLB regular season is almost over and Daily Fantasy Baseball playoffs is starting to take shape. The Blue Jays are going back to the post-season after clinching the division for the first time since 1993, the year they won their second World Series. The way things are going for the Jays this year has been no shortage of incredible. The National League playoff picture is set. The Cardinals win over the Pirates last night gave them the division crown. So now the Cards, Dodgers and Mets all clinched their division while the Bucs will face Jake Arrieta and the Cubs for the Wild Card game.

A day after his A’s “big three” teammate (Barry Zito) made his possible final start, Tim Hudson is ready to make is last career start in the MLB. The active leader in wins will brush it out against Dodgers starter Brett Anderson in San Francisco. His incredible career holds being the 2000 season leader in wins and being a 2014 World Series champion. Can any rookie pitcher follow up in his footstep? Let’s find out in today’s Fantasy Baseball hot picks.

P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

Season: 5 W, 1 L, 3.14 ERA, 47 Ks, 19 BBs

The Twins are still chasing the final playoff spot for a four way race with the Angels, Astros, and Yankees. They turn to their sensational rookie to help them go there against Cleveland. Duffey is 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last 8 starts. Back in August, he limited the Indians to 1 hit and no earned run during 6 innings of work. It’s his best performance of the season. A repeat could be in the books.

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season:  .239 AVG, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, 43 Runs

Grandal saw his numbers drop in the last few month. He started the year at an incredible pace, hitting 12 homers in the first three month. He has had 4 since. The Cuban needs to hit like he did before if he hopes to keep his starting job in Los Angeles.

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

Season: .266 AVG, 10 HRs, 66 RBIs, 68 Runs, 2 SBs

Mauer knocked a home run in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader against the Tribe. He’s hitting .357 with a homer and 3 RBIs against Indians starter Trevor Bauer. As the team star, he’ll need to make a difference when playoffs implications counts the most.

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

Season: .213 AVG, 8 HRs, 38 RBIs, 37 Runs, 1 SB

Utley has faced Tim Hudson the most during his career. It’s like they have a special bond together. Utley will want to get the most out of their final matchup.

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

Season: .245 AVG, 22 HRs, 85 RBIs, 74 Runs, 2 SBs

Plouffe had a hit in every game in the current series against the Indians. He belted one over the fence  for 2 runs in the series opener. Now it’s time for the finale.

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .269 AVG, 2 HRs, 42 RBIs, 71 Runs, 14 SBs

Aybar is on a six game hitting streak. He has been doing his part as the leadoff hitter, getting on base. He is also hitting .327 against Texas Rangers starter Derek Holland. With heavy hitters like Mike Trout and Albert Pujols behind him, it is safe to bet he will score a lot.

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Season: .299 AVG, 41 HRs, 89 RBIs, 101 Runs, 11 SBs

Trout was 3-for-3 yesterday, while smashing his 41st homer of the season. Despite this, the Angels lost against the Athletics. A win today for the halos would increase their chances of making it to October. They will need a repeat from their star outfielder who is batting .345 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs.

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

Season: .243 AVG, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 67 Runs, 2 SBs

Hunter has an average of .429 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs against Cleveland’s starter Trevor Bauer. He will build off the success he had yesterday during the first game of a doubleheader, where he hit a base clearing double for 3 RBIs.

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds

Season: .225 AVG, 26 HRs, 86 RBIs, 71 Runs, 9 SBs

Bruce had 7 homers in the month of September. It’s the most he had in a single month all year.

Fantasy Baseball Picks Recap

 P Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins

C Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers

1B Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins

2B Chase Utley – Los Angeles Dodgers

3B Trevor Plouffe – Minnesota Twins

SS Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels

OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

OF Torii Hunter – Minnesota Twins

OF Jay Bruce – Cincinnati Reds




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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 29th 2015

Angels Walk Off Increase Win Streak to 6 Games and Gains Game on Rangers

The LA Angels are a hot team right now as they posted their sixth win in a row with the 5-4 home victory on Monday to the Oakland Athletics. The win moved the Angels to just two games back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers with only six games remaining. LA has a four game series to close the season at Texas over the weekend so the team fully controls their playoff destiny. They also keep pace with the Houston Astros for the final AL Wildcard playoff spot. They sit tied in the loss column with Houston.

C.J. Cron:

The LA Angels DH had a big game on Monday with three hits and a run scored in the series opener. Cron is hot, hitting .364 over his past seven days. He has hit 16 homers and driven in 49 RBIs on the year.

Erick Aybar:

Aybar had a hit on Monday to extend his hit streak to four games. He had a good month of August but cooled off in September with a .224 batting average.

Albert Pujols:

Albert had a big home run on Monday to tie the game at 4-4 as the Angels were coming from behind in their win. Pujols has 38 homers and 90 RBIs on the year but the batting average is a mere .237.

Johnny Giavotella:

The Angels second baseman sparkled with the glove on Monday. He contributed at the plate with hit, run scored and RBI double in the victory. He is batting .455 the past seven days.

Hector Santiago:

The LA left hander was hot to start the season. He had a no decision against the Athletics by allowing three earned runs and three hits in 5 2/3rd innings. He has just two wins over his past ten starts. On the season Santiago is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.52 and WHIP of 1.25.

Astros Gain on the Rangers and Keep Pace with Angels with Win against Mariners

The Houston Astros has struggled on the road this year. Entering play at Seattle on Monday the team was just 29-46 on the highway. Their win streak reached three games with a 3-2 road win at Seattle on Monday night. The Astros bullpen was huge in the win as the unit contributed with three innings of scoreless and hitless baseball as they nursed a one run lead late in a pressure situation on the road. With the win the Astros maintain their half-game lead over the Angels for the last AL Wildcard spot and they moved 1 ½ games back of the Texas Rangers for the lead in the AL West. The Astros get a break down the stretch as the Rangers and Angels will meet for a four game series to end the season. The Astros are a power hitting team who hits for a poor average. They have 220 homers on the year ranking second best but their team batting average of .247 ranks 27th and fourth worst in baseball.

George Springer:

The Astros right fielder had two hits with a double, homer and RBI on Monday. He has hit Mariner pitching very well on the year at a .327 batting average with four homers.

Evan Gattis:

The Astros DH with a hit extended his hitting streak to four games. Gattis is batting .304 over his past seven days.

Chris Carter:

Carter had the game winning home run against the Mariners on Monday. He has 23 homers and 59 RBIs on the year but a poor batting average of .196.

Lance McCullers:

The Astros right hander in 21 starts is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.21 and WHIP of 1.17. He held the Mariners to two earned runs and four hits in six innings of work in a 3-2 home win to Seattle on Monday.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 28th 2015

Blue Jays Maintain 4 Game Lead in AL East with Walk off Win against Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays reduced their magic number to four for an AL East title after a 5-4 victory against the Rays on Sunday. The team overcame a 4-1 early deficit for the win.

Josh Donaldson:

The Toronto third baseman homer in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Blue Jays the victory on Sunday. Donaldson is batting .299 for the year with 41 homers and 122 RBIs.

Edwin Encarnacion:

The Blue Jays slugger had a hit with a run scored in the series finale against the Rays. Entering Sunday’s game Encarnacion was battling a 5 for 24 slump.

Justin Smoak:

Smoak had a three hit game on Sunday with a homer, double and three RBIs. That’s back to back multiple hit games for Smoak as he had two hits on Saturday. He has moved his average up to .232 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs.

Kevin Pillar:

The outfielder for Toronto has been hot. He posted two hits with an RBI and double on Sunday. Pillar has multiple hits in three straight games. The Blue Jays hitter is batting .476 over his past seven days.

Mark Buehrle:

The 15 year old veteran left hander is 14-7 with an ERA of 3.76 and WHIP of 1.22. He received his third straight no decision after giving up four earned runs and five hits over six innings of work. He has not pitched greater than six innings in seven straight games.

Angels Still ½ Game out of AL Wildcard Spot with 3-2 Home Win to Seattle

The LA Angels have gotten hot late in the season as the club has won five straight and eight of their past ten games. Heading into the final week of the regular season the Angels are ½ game back of Houston for the final AL Wildcard spot and 3 ½ games back of the first place Texas Rangers in the AL West division.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels infielder had a hit in three at bats on Sunday. Aybar has hits in three straight and nine of his past ten games. His batting average on the year is .269 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

Kole Calhoun:

The Angels right fielder had two hits with an RBI in the series finale with Seattle. Calhoun has multiple hits in three of his past four games to move his average up to .262 with 24 homers and 80 RBIs.

Mike Trout:

Trout had a hit with an RBI on Sunday. The outfielder has been red hot with a batting average of .435 over his past seven days. Trout is batting .297 on the year with 40 homers and 88 RBIs.

Jered Weaver:

The LA right hander worked five innings against Seattle and allowed one earned run and four hits. Weaver experienced some tightness in his throwing shoulder and was pulled from the game. He received a no decision and has just one win in his past six games.

Yankees Keep Pace with Toronto and Moves Closer to Wildcard Spot with 6-1 Home Win to the White Sox on Sunday

The Yankees had 13 hits in their 6-1 victory on Sunday over the White Sox. The team is still four games back of Toronto in the AL East division race with seven games remaining. They hold a five game lead over the LA Angels for a playoff spot.

Luis Severino:

The 21 year old right hander worked six innings on Sunday in the win against the White Sox as he allowed no earned runs with five hits. He has allowed two earned runs or less in three straight and eight of his past ten starts.

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Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News September 22nd 2015

Keuchel Helps Move Houston Astros within Game of Rangers

The Houston Astros got a tremendous pitching performance by Dallas Keuchel as the team defeated the LA Angels 6-3 in a key AL West matchup on Monday. The Astros now sit a game back of Texas in the division race with just 11 games remaining on the schedule. After this series with the Angels the Astros have a three game weekend home series against Texas. The win also aided the Astros in the AL Wild card race as they hold the last playoff spot by three games over Minnesota and by 3 ½ games over the LA Angels. The loss was costly for the Angels as the team entered the series with their playoff fates in their hand. There are only 12 games left on the schedule for the Angels to make up three games in the loss column to the Astros plus pass the Twins.

Houston Astros RF:

George Springer

Springer has hits in nine of his past ten games. The right fielder had two hits with a run scored and RBI in the victory. He has gotten hot with hits in nine of his past ten games and a .320 batting average the past seven days.

Houston Astros 2B:

Jose Altuve:

The Astros second baseman leads the everyday players with a .314 batting average with 12 homers and 59 RBIs. Altuve was huge on Monday night with three hits with a run scored, double and triple. He had a three hit game on Saturday against Oakland.

Houston Astros SS:

Carlos Correa

It was a big game for the hitting hero on Monday night as Correa delivered with three hits with a double, home run and three RBIs in beating the Angels. For the season Correa moved up his batting average to .279 with 19 homers and 56 RBIs.

Houston Astros 1B:

Luis Valbueno

The light hitting first baseman had a hit in three at bats on Monday. Valbueno has struggled for the month of September with a .194 batting average with no home runs and only three RBIs.

Houston Astros P:

Dallas Keuchel

The Astros left hander in his 31 starts in 2015 is 18-8 with an ERA of 2.51 and WHIP of 1.02. He shut down the Angels on Monday by allowing just one earned run and six hits over 7 2/3rd innings of work. He bounced back well after a horrible outing at Texas on September 16th where Keuchel was lit up for nine earned runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3rd innings pitched.

LA Angels SS:

Erick Aybar

There is some positive news for the Angels and that’s Erick Aybar at the plate. He had two hits with a run scored on Monday to increase his hitting streak to six games. Aybar has multiple hits in three of his past six games. Erick Aybar is batting .323 over his past seven days. On the year Aybar has moved his average up to .271 with two homers and 38 RBIs.

LA Angels CF:

Mike Trout

The LA centerfielder still leads the everyday players for the Angels with a .293 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He contributed with two hits in his four at bats on Monday night. The Angels have not set the table in recent games for Trout as he is without an RBI in his past two games.

LA Angels P:

Jered Weaver

The Angels really need their best from their starting staff down the stretch as they are chasing the Astros and Rangers in the standings. Weaver allowed five earned runs with nine hits over 5 2/3rd innings of work with two homers in the loss.

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LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday

The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.

Carlos Perez:

The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.

Mike Trout:

The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.

Albert Pujols:

The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.

Erick Aybar:

The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.

Andrew Heaney:

In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.

Garrett Richards:

Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.

Torii Hunter:

The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.

Miguel Sano:

The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.

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Los Angeles Angels vs Boston RedSox- 7-19-15-MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions

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It will be the final game of the weekend series between the LA Angels and Boston Red Sox on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball for July 19th 2015. MLB mock draft managers can tune to ESPN at 8PM Eastern Time from Anaheim to following the scoring results of their rosters of players.

The Boston Red Sox were hoping the momentum they built up from the final month prior to the All Star break would help turn the team into a contender. Unfortunately for the Red Sox and those who chose players from Boston for their fantasy rosters the club has shown very little at the plate as the Angels have shut out the Red Sox in the first two games of this series.

The Angels started slowly but have moved their record of 50-40 following the 3-0 victory against the Red Sox on Saturday night. LA has not shown much offensively either in the first two games back with a 1-0 win on Friday night totaling to just four runs thus far in this series. The Angels starting staff have been brilliant sitting fifth in Major League Baseball with 55 quality starts.

Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts has a batting average of .302 with three homers and 43 RBIs. He has been on fire in July by hitting .373 with ten RBIs. His eleven game hit streak came to an end on Saturday.

Boston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia is a bit rusty getting back from the All Star break with a 0 for 8 in his first two games of this series. His average has dropped to .298 and Pedroia has nine homers and 33 RBIs on the season.

Boston Red Sox CF: Mookie Betts is going through a 0 for 8 series as well against the Angels. Betts is hitting .271 with ten homers and 43 runs batted in.

Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez in his first year with the Red Sox is batting .268 with decent power numbers as the veteran has 19 homers and 46 RBIs season to date. He has struggled in the month of July with a .188 hitting average.

Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval in his first year with Boston is batting .267 with seven homers and 30 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit game against the Angels on Saturday.

Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz has good power numbers with 15 homers and 43 RBIs on the campaign. The average is only .233 on the season.

Boston Red Sox P: Left hander Eduardo Rodriguez is making his tenth start of the year for Boston. He is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.59. He has allowed no greater than two earned runs in eight of his ten starts season to date.

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LA Angels CF: All Star MVP Mike Trout carries a .307 batting average into Sunday with 27 homers and 56 RBIs. He is just 1 for 8 in the series with the game winning home run on Friday night in the series opener.

LA Angels SS: Erick Aybar is having a great month of July with a hitting average of .391. Aybar looks to bounce back from a 0 for 6 in the first two games with Boston in this weekend series.

LA Angels RF: Kole Calhoun is off to a great start since the All Star break as he is 4 for 7 in this series. Calhoun powered the Angels on Saturday with two home runs in the win. Over his past seven games Calhoun carries a .364 batting average.

LA Angels 1B: Veteran Albert Pujols has his average at .253 with great power numbers of 26 homers and 56 RBIs.

LA Angels P: Hector Santiago has shown great improvement during his fourth Major League Baseball season. The 27 year old from Newark New Jersey has pitched like the ace of the Angels staff with a record of 6-4 with an ERA of just 2.33 and WHIP of 1.10. He has held his past four opponents to just three earned runs total over 27 innings.

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P: Hector Santiago (Angels)
CF: Mike Trout (Angels)
SS: Erick Aybar (Angels)
1B: Albert Pujols (Angels)
RF: Kole Calhoun (Angels)
DH: David Ortiz (Red Sox)

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